Shane Collinson (Managing Director)
Shane Collinson is a Senior Project Manager with extensive experience in project management, project approvals, tendering and tender assessment, contract management and construction management for large complex projects. Shane studied electrical engineering at the University of Tasmania and graduated with a bachelor of engineering majoring in communication systems. He worked as a communications engineer for four years before returning to university to re-qualify as a power systems engineer. Since then Shane has worked in delivery management in such roles as project manager, project director, delivery manager and superintendent on a diversity of projects across multiple engineering disciplines for a number of industries.
Shane has managed projects, portfolios and programs of work throughout Australia and in the Pacific region as well as running a national project management office. He setup the project management office operating across multiple sites based on PMBoK methodologies. He possesses strong risk and change management skills and has a thorough knowledge of the harmonised WHS Act having managed its implementation across multiple states in Australia. Shane has held senior management positions in the power and communications industries, in both private sector and Government utility before joining En-Grid (now FortEng) as a Director in July 2013 and becoming Managing Director in December 2013 where he now oversees the business operations.
Shane is currently completing his MBA through RMIT in Melbourne.
Brendon Gannon is a Senior Electrical Engineer specialising in HV systems. After qualifying as a Professional Electrical Engineer (Power) from the University of Tasmania in 1997, he joined Silcar Maintenance Services at the former Wesley Vale Paper Mill for a short time before he joined the Protection and Control Design Team at Entura (formerly Hydro Tasmania Consulting). In 2000 he moved to Primary Electrical Design (formerly Substation Design) Team and in 2003 was promoted to the position of team manager.
From 2006 to 2008 he filled the role of Solution Delivery Manager, which focused on compliance of the lifecycle of electrical engineering projects. From 2008 he returned to the Primary Electrical Design Team as Specialist Engineer to provide a lead technical role with responsibilities in the preparation of bids, work schedules, supervision, technical leadership and mentoring skills to team members.
In 2011 he left Entura to form En-Grid (now FortEng) where he manages the substation design product. He has been a member of Cigré Australia Panel A3 – High Voltage Equipment since 2008; and in 2010 was the recipient of a Cigré Australia scholarship to attend the Paris Session.
Dr Doug McKinnon
Doug McKinnon is a Senior Electrical Engineer specialising in electrical motor and generator testing and has over 20 years’ experience in the electrical industry. He completed an electrical fitter/mechanic apprenticeship in 1995 and gained trade experience working at Mt Piper and Wallerawang power stations (NSW) before graduating with distinction from the University of NSW with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) degree in 2001 and a PhD in efficiency testing of electrical motors with particular emphasis on parameter identification and machine modelling in 2005. He also lectured at the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of NSW in 2004 and 2005.
Doug joined Hatch Associates in 2005 and completed projects for Blue Scope Steel, BHP-Mitsubishi Alliance, BHP-Billiton and Portland Aluminium. In 2008 he moved to Downer EDI Engineering as a Senior Electrical Design Engineer and managed the concept design of a 132/11kV mobile substation and bay for ACTEWAGL. In 2009 Doug returned to his specialty of machine testing and modelling when he joined the Rotating Electrical Machines team at Entura (formerly Hydro Tasmania Consulting) to carry out testing and model validation of generators, excitation systems and governors for National Electricity Rules (NER) R2 and GPS compliance. In 2010 he was promoted to Specialist Electrical Engineer.
In 2013 Doug launched, En-Mach (becoming FortEng in 2014), a company specialising in the testing and modelling of generators, motors and drives, design of generator and motor drive systems, investigation of motor starting and power quality issues and power quality measurements and analysis.
He has carried out generator testing and modelling work for Alinta Energy, Ecogen Energy, GDF SUEZ Australian Energy, Origin Energy, Osborne Cogeneration, TRUenergy, EnergyAustralia, Hydro Tasmania, Snowy Hydro, NT Power and Water, Territory Generation, and Te Aponga Uira (Cook Islands).